Blues relegated from the Football League after 101 years

Barrow 1-2 Southend United

Southend United came from behind to win by the odd goal in three at Barrow, but events elsewhere saw the Shrimpers slip out of the Football League after 101-years.

Blues needed a win at Holker Street, coupled with defeats for either Scunthorpe or Colchester to keep their slim hopes of survival alive. They slipped behind when Scott Quigley crisply dispatched beyond Mark Oxley from just outside the box – Luke James providing the Bluebirds hitman with the opportunity.

But Southend – who saw off Leyton Orient last time out – were not going down without a fight. Ricky Holmes teed up John White – the former Colchester United defender firing the Blues level on the half-hour mark.

Terrell Egbri turned the game on its head, firing home right-footed seven minutes after the restart. However, with Scunthorpe holding Bradford City to a goalless draw and Colchester edging out Salford City, the Roots Hall Stadium club suffered their second successive relegation and will now ply their trade in the Vanarama National League come next season.

Southend United conclude their Sky Bet League Two campaign on Saturday, May 8 when Newport County are the visitors to Roots Hall Stadium (3pm).

Barrow: Joel Dixon, Connor Brown, Matt Platt, Tom Beadling (Ollie Banks 45’), Bobby Thomas, Kgosi Ntlhe, Joshua Kay, Jason Taylor, Jamie Devitt (Dimitri Sea 69’), Luke James (Chris Taylor 79’), Scott Quigley (Calvin Andrew 69’) Subs not used: Scott Moloney, Patrick Brough

Southend United: Mark Oxley, Elvis Bwomono, Shaun Hobson, John White, Sam Hart, Terrell Egbri, Kyle Taylor, Tyler Cordner, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild (Brandon Goodship 65’), Ricky Holmes (Matt Rush 45’), Greg Halford Subs not used: Harry Seaden, James Olayinka, Timothee Dieng, Harry Kyprianou, Louis Walsh

Referee: Martin Coy
Assistants: Steven Rushton and Ollie Williams
Fourth Official: Graham Salisbury

Brian Jeeves

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